Natalie Sciver’s Stars made it a Surrey double on Sunday as they kicked off their Kia Super League campaign with an emphatic eight-wicket victory over Yorkshire Diamonds at The Oval.
Sciver's side, who watched Surrey's men defeat Sussex in the NatWest T20 Blast earlier in the day, skittled Lauren Winfield's Diamonds for 100, before knocking off their target with 15 balls to spare.
Medium pacer Sciver (3-20) and fellow England World Cup winner, left-arm spinner Alex Hartley (3-15), snared three wickets apiece for Stars as Diamonds were dismissed in 18.5 overs.
Katherine Brunt (25) thrashed two sixes for Yorkshire and South Africa's Sune Luus hit 29 but after losing five wickets for seven runs towards the death, it was left to Katie Levick to lift the visitors to 100, with back-to-back boundaries off another South African, Marizanne Kapp.
Kapp (48no) and Sciver (34no) then steered Surrey to victory after the top run-scorer in the recent World Cup, Tammy Beaumont, was bowled by Alice Davidson-Richards for 21, the seamer impressing again after scooping 3-20 in Diamonds' win over Lancashire Thunder on Friday.
Brunt had Bryony Smith caught by Davidson-Richards for a duck during a frugal first three overs in which she conceded just four runs, but Kapp then sealed Stars' win off the seamer, biffing consecutive boundaries to take her unbroken third-wicket stand with Sciver to 67.
WHAT THEY SAID
Natalie Sciver (Surrey Stars captain and Player of the Match)
"We started really well with the ball - it was important to take wickets on a pitch where the ball can run away under lights. We took pace off the ball but also hit our lengths. We have had a bit more preparation than everyone else but I am really pleased with the win in our first game."
Lauren Winfield (Yorkshire Diamonds captain)
"It's always going to be tough when you lose early wickets - they bowled very well but we probably got a bit bogged down. We felt that if we could climb to 120, 130 we would have a chance but we couldn't do it - and we couldn't break Sciver and Kapp's partnership at the end."
WHAT NEXT FOR BOTH SIDES?
Stars travel to Old Trafford to face Thunder for a Sky Live game on Wednesday (2pm, Sky Sports Cricket), while Yorkshire are also away next up as they visit Loughborough Lightning on Friday afternoon.
NEXT ON SKY SPORTS..
Defending champions Southern Vipers, who hammered Western Storm by nine wickets in their first game, face Lightning at Derby on Tuesday (2pm, Sky Sports Cricket) - the hosts will be looking to rebound from their five-wicket loss to Storm on Saturday, at Taunton.
HOW DOES THE KSL WORK?
The six sides - Stars, Diamonds, Lightning, Thunder, Vipers and Storm - play each other once in the group stage, either home or away.
The top three teams then advance to Final Days at Hove on Friday, September 1, where the second and third-placed teams square off for the right to take on the league leaders in the final.